*PM’s initiatives for financial inclusion and shelter homes
Prime Minister Imran Khan launched the Financial Inclusion Strategy initiative under his government’s flagship poverty alleviation programme Ehsaas with Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development, in attendance, who is visiting Pakistan chiefly to discuss the programme.
We are pursuing strategies that will assist the poor section of society under many programmes, hence we launched Ehsaas, which has compassion as its core ingredient, said the premier at the inauguration ceremony.
In his speech, he criticised a Global system in which rich nations were getting richer and poor countries poorer. This is the biggest curse of this universe. He backed his statement by citing a UN report which states that 26 richest billionaires own assets equivalent to 3.8 billion people who make up the poorest half of the planet’s population.
Addressing the ceremony, Queen Maxima said that financial inclusion is main to offering sustenance to the poor, career opportunities and education to children which will eventually afford economic stability to the country overall. She said women, particularly from rural areas in Pakistan, must become familiar with financial technology as their inclusion is negligible as compared to men.
Detailed overviews of the Ehsaas programme were given to the queen and other attendees by Special Assistant to the PM on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection Dr Sania Nishtar and Adviser on Finance and Revenue Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh who were present at the ceremony.
Dr Shaikh also gave Queen Maxima a detailed overview of the economic condition in the country with a focus on various policy steps and initiatives undertaken through the present government of Pakistan to restore macroeconomic stability and the progress attained in recent months. Queen Maxima last visited Pakistan in 2016. She is the latest royal to visit the country following the October visit of Britain’s Prince William and Princess Kate Middleton.
Moreover, the initiative of setting up shelter homes through Imran Khan was very magnificent initiative. The plan has been further extended to Islamabad. Indeed, this project is one of the best steps taken by the government. Every citizen despite of wealth he owns should be considered a human first. Humans don’t treat people according to their worth and don’t give value to their needs. Food, shelter and clothes are the basic necessities of a human to survive. Homeless people who laid on the roads without having any blanket and warm clothes are now able to live under shelter.
By offering them shelter, the present government has indeed initiated a noble cause. Poor people visiting shelter home have been praising this initiative since inception. It is because of the fact that they are now feeling owned by the state. The deserted people have never been given due care by the state.